Heritage Wheats

The Heritage Grain Conservancy is a farmer-owned, farm-run cooperative to collect, conserve and restore delicious world heritage grains on the verge of extinction. Our varieties are available in small amounts to multiply and restore. The seeds are offered to you with hope that you will become a new biodiversity center in your own community. We are here to support this in all ways since we have many more rare landrace that are not listed. Like Gandhi's Salt Walk, if small-scale farmers and gardeners work together to restore biodiversity, we can create a viable alternative to the global grain corporate monolith.

Grow a diversity of world landrace wheats. Plant heritage wheat seeds each 8" or more apart to alow room for their extensive roots to grow.

Planting Guidelines

How to Dehull Emmer and Einkorn

 

Black Winter Emmer

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Black Winter Emmer thrives in drought or heavy rain. Fusarium resistant. Savored in soups, bulgar, breakfast cereal or flatbreads and pasta. Highly nutritous. 1 cup = 24g protein. Recipes

$25 ~ 600 seeds

 

 

 

Spring Red Fife

Know as Halachanka in Galicia, Poland. In the 1850s Canadian David Fife grew Halychanka,. It became known asRed Fife, soon the bakers' favorite from 1860 to the turn of the twentieth century. In 1980, Sharon Rempel restored this delicious heritage wheat and shared it with Jennifer Scott and others, soon regaining great popularity due to its rich flavor. Our Red Fife is an elite high quality selection.

$25 - 1 OUNCE

Caucasus Rouge

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Georgian Landrace Winter Wheat of exceptional beauty and fusarium resistance. Lower yielding but richer flavor!

$25 ~ 600 seeds

 

 

Hourani Biblical Wheat

Spring

This ancient wheat variety was discovered in the Masada Fortress by Yigal Yadin, translator of the Dead Sea Scroll, stored 2,000 years ago by King Herod. This is the wheat eaten by ancient Israelis but today is almost extinct. Collected by Nikolai Vavilov in 1926. and by Eli Rogosa in 2008, Wadi Fukin. Help us restore this history-rich robust spring wheat. Thrives in heat and drought conditions.

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Hourani - ancient biblical wheat eaten 2000 years ago in Jerusalem

$25 - 1 oz

collected by Eli in Wadi Fukin near Bethlehem

 

Banatka

robust, high yielding
Vavilov reported: 'Winter Banatka is reknowned for excellent baking quality and wide adaptability'b

* Rogosa cross of Banatka x Bankuti

$25 - 1 oz

 

 

Rouge de Bordeaux

winter wheat beloved by French artisan bakers, rich flavor

rouge

$25 - 1/ oz
 

 

Bezbanatskaja

high yield, delicious winter landrace

 

siberia

for hearty peasant breads

$25 - 1 oz

 

 

Traditional farmers grow mixtures. This allows nature and farmers to co-evolve a locally-adapted landrace. Current research confirms that wheat mixtures tend to yield higher and have richer, complex flavor. Plant each seed 12" apart in deep-dug well-fertilized soil. Plant a low-growing clover or spread mulch between wheats to suppress spring weeds. Heritage wheats are at least twice as tall with a larger root system than modern wheats. Save the seeds from the robust plants that best thrive in your unique soil and micro-climate. Plant a resilient wheat polyculture that can better adapt to your unique fields and local weather. Exchange seed with your neighbors to build a community wheat supply.

'Looking at the field of ripening grain, Vavilov realized it was not a uniform wheat cultivar, but a panoply of intermixed strains of grain that formed a resilient polyculture. It was necessary to collect hundreds of seedheads for a representative sample of the vast biodiversity in a single field...The traditional farmers' methods of crop selection enhance landrace wheats' biodiversity; Their criteria of complex traits include: flavor, texture, health, maturation and more.' Where Our Food Comes From. Gary Nabhan p. 139

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Sephardic Emmer Recipes from the Mediterranean Kitchen

 

Ancient Grain Posters

 Heritage Wheat
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 Wheat Biodiversity
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 Ancient Wheat
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BOOKS

 Seder Zariim L'Zemananu

The Way of Seed for Our Times

ancient teachings of blessings and seed in the first volume of the Mishnah - 30 pages pdf

 Seed Stewards

Seed-Saving Activity Guidebook

grade-by-grade hands-on seed science

- 41 pages-pdf

$12.95

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Restoring Our Seed

New England Seed Conference